Battle or build | What do I stand for?

It is easy to express what I'm against, draw lines in the sand, divide, fight, battle, but... When I talk and act to serve what I'm for, I am living.


The energy of “against” is a sharp double edged sword. When conducted from a place of light, it is the energy of a guardian and protector; the one to stand up and say “no”. This is important, because we need boundaries and we need to be capable and willing to protect ourselves and the people we love. We must be ready to fight against that which threatens what we stand for, but we must not forget our roots in the course of the battle. A true warrior fights for peace. The good despise war, and wish to be left alone to build and prosper together under the modality of love – to serve what they are for.


The energy of “for” is that which fills us with an aura of purpose. For is building the world we want to live in, and tending to our garden both metaphorically and literally. The for establishes our roots, embroiders our principles into our hearts and minds, and gives us the strength to push forward when our tank is empty, our hearts are broken, when those we love rebuke us, and hope seems lost. When we define ourselves by this energetic, we align with who we truly are, and we stride to leave the world better than we found it.

The Difference

In my experience more people know what they´re against than what they´re for – and they´re unhappy to the bone! Many people feel the need to stand against something, someone, even when there is nothing to stand against.

I had an experience recently which was interesting. Someone I love very much rebuked me because of something they read about a friend of mine on the internet. In his mind, I was guilty by association with someone who had been smeared with false accusations by an outlet which researched people know to take with a pinch of salt. I found it hard to keep a straight face, because I desperately wanted to laugh. I felt perplexed and confused, as if I had woken up on an alien spaceship and seen something so outlandish that I had no point of reference to compare it to. I was reactionless, had no interest in fighting, and thus it was as if he had lunged at me, missed, and crashed to the floor… 

It is like armies and castles. Armies are there to tear down the castles, and castles are there to produce resources and wealth, stockpile supplies and protect the villagers from the armies. The army must take the castles to be profitable, but the castles are perfectly happy during times of peace – much more so. I´m sure there are good armies and bad castles, and bad armies and good castles, but ultimately the army is temporary, and the castle is ever lasting. What is more meaningful? To take a life, or to lay a cornerstone?

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